sulfinpyrazone (Anturane - discontinued in the US)

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What is sulfinpyrazone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Sulfinpyrazone is an oral drug that is used to treat gout. Gout is caused by elevated blood levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia). Sulfinpyrazone works by increasing the excretion of uric acid in the urine thereby lowering the elevated levels of uric acid in the blood that are responsible for gout.

What brand names are available for sulfinpyrazone?

Anturane (Discontinued in the US)

Is sulfinpyrazone available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for sulfinpyrazone?

Yes

What are the side effects of sulfinpyrazone?

Side effects of sulfinpyrazone are uncommon and usually mild. The most frequent adverse reaction is stomach upset. Accordingly, combining the drug with food, milk or antacids is advised. Sulfinpyrazone, however, can cause kidney pain and uric acid kidney stones. Rarely, it has caused severe anemias.

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What is the dosage for sulfinpyrazone?

Sulfinpyrazone should be taken with food, milk or antacids. Patients taking sulfinpyrazone long-term should drink plenty of fluids to minimize the risk of uric acid stones forming in the kidneys.

What else should I know about sulfinpyrazone?

What preparations of sulfinpyrazone are available?

Tablets: 100mg; Capsules: 200mg.

How should I keep sulfinpyrazone stored?

Sulfinpyrazone should be stored at room temperature in a sealed container.

Medically reviewed by John Cunha, DO

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 8/9/2017

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Medically reviewed by John Cunha, DO

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

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